Six dead after collision in Nove Zamky

At least six people died after an international express train collided with a bus at a level crossing in southern Slovakia, emergency crews said.

The accident occurred near the town of Nove Zamky, about 80 kilometers east of the capital Bratislava, according to a post by emergency services on Facebook.

News agencies report that at least five other people were injured in the incident, which occurred around 17:00 local time (16:00 BST).

Media reports say the bus was split in two by the impact, and photos show the locomotive on fire and passengers walking to safety along the tracks.

“I fear that the death toll in this accident may increase,” Petra Klimesova, spokesperson for the rescue services, told AFP.

Railway spokeswoman Vladimira Bahylova told the news agency that the train driver “suffered burns because the locomotive caught fire.”

Local media published video footage of passengers carrying luggage next to a partially burning train, as thick gray smoke billowed into the sky.

According to unconfirmed reports in Slovak media, the level crossing had lights and barriers, but these had been rendered useless by a recent storm.

Slovak Railways has not commented on these claims.

Passenger Katarina Molnarova told AFP that just as she was leaving the Nove Zamky station she felt and heard a crash and a bang.

“After a couple of minutes we were able to go down,” said the 43-year-old cosmetologist.

“We saw that the front of the train was on fire.”

He added that there was “no shouting or panic” and that the passengers took their luggage and walked towards the road.

The train, described as EuroCity 279 from Prague to Budapest, collided with a bus operated by Arriva.

Five ambulances and three air ambulances were sent to the scene, emergency services said.

Interior Minister Matus Sutaj Estok and Deputy Police Chief Rastislav Polakovic were on their way to the scene of the incident, police said on Facebook.

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